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What License or Certification Should My HVAC Contractor Have?
You may have heard the terms licensed and insured, many times before. But are you aware of the true meaning behind it? Television commercials, newspaper ads, and advertising on company work vans all quote those famous words. Knowing the difference between each of them will help you understand the importance of hiring a professional air conditioning company to provide you with services. Making educated decisions are better than making educated guesses.
What Does Licensed Mean?
In the state of Florida, both residential, commercial contractor and building contractors are required to be licensed. You can verify their credentials by visiting the Florida license website. (sunbiz.org) When researching a company you are interested in hiring for services, this should be your first inquiry. There are also separate licensing for basic residential contractors, general contractors, mechanical contractors such as electrical, plumbing and HVAC. Each certification must be properly maintained and up to date. The technician is required to complete credits throughout the year for continuing requirements.
Another important factor of having a licensed HVAC contractor in your home is reliability. When you hire a licensed HVAC contractor, you should be receiving excellent quality services. That is because his license is on the line. When you hire an unlicensed HVAC contractor, you are taking on full responsibility for fault in whatever may happen. In fact, you could even be penalized by your state for not hiring a licensed HVAC contractor. You could be subject to fines, proper permit regulations, loss of mortgage lender, and property damage. Do your research and investigate the company. If the air conditioning company is truly certified, they would have no problem disclosing this information to you as well as having the proper information posted in their office.
What Does Insured Mean?
A Company carrying liabilty insurance is basically the same as you having health insurance. If you are insured, your insurance pays for coverage. If not, you are responsible for all charges. Worker's Compensation is a type of coverage that protects the homeowner from total liability for injuries that have taken place on the property. If the air conditioning company is not insured, you or your homeowners insurance will be responsible for coverage of medical costs and lost wages. This is extremely important and a little nerve wrecking. You would not want to be held responsible for critical issues like that. General liability is what protects the homeowner from any type of damage to the property or if a bystander is injured on said property. Workers Compensation will cover any technician/worker if injured on your property, even if the HVAC contractor broke a bone, had permanent injuries or even death, the companies' insurance liability would cover all expenses. There are also exclusions within certain homeowner policies that exclude coverage for damages caused by negligence of a contractor.
Asking for license information for your HVAC contractor is the only way you will know if they are truly certified. Reputable companies will have no problem disclosing this information with you. When there is nothing to hide with a company, their professionalism will always shine through.
What does it mean to be NATE certified?
NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. This is the highest certification a technician can have working for this type of trade. A NATE certification shows consumers that you as the technician, hold the highest ranking license. It is not an easy task to become NATE certified. A Florida technician must pass a core exam, which references topics such as installation and services, tools and safety, basic electrical principles, basic construction and senior technicians specialty paths. All topics are randomly chosen by the board members of NATE. This is to ensure that every technician who takes the exam is questioned about every aspect of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R). Along with passing the exam, the technician must also specify a specialty to work in. This includes: gas heating installations and services, air conditioning installations and services, oil heating installations and services as well as air distribution services and installations. While not every air conditioning technician is required to be NATE certified, it is an extremely important factor when hiring an air conditioning company for professional services.
When it comes to the quality in services, every customer is looking for the best person for the job. Being NATE certified is defining the technician as "the best". According to the NATE industry survey, about 90% of consumers request to have a NATE certified technician to provide services in their home. This survey continues to encourage local air conditioning companies to have their employees properly certified.
Why Hire An HVAC Contractor?
There are many explanations we could provide you, however, we will go over the basic reasons as to why you should hire a certified HVAC contractor. Even though there may be minor jobs here and there that could be done by the homeowner, it's still a good idea to let a professional handle the job. Many people only look at the cost of maintenance checks and duct cleaning instead of the quality of services. What you're paying for is the high quality services performed by a licensed HVAC contractor. You can be guaranteed the services will be done properly the first time. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider hiring an HVAC contractor.
Certifications: The company you hire should have certified technicians employed.
Licensing and Insurance: The HVAC contractor should be licensed, according to the state requirements as well as carry the proper insurance.
Knowledge and Experience: You want to trust your HVAC contractor. Having the proper knowledge of installations, services, tools and equipment and many other areas.
Professionalism: When you hire a professional company, you would expect professional services. Respecting the property of a homeowner is important. Prevent damages by taking all precautionary measures.
From installations to standard maintenance checks, hiring an HVAC contractor is an important decision. Do your research about the company so you can make an educated decision instead of an educated guess.
What Type of HVAC System is Needed for my Mobile Home?
Many people are skeptical when it comes to the mechanical aspect of mobile or manufactured homes. Is my mobile home big enough for a split system? Am I stuck with a package system? What size air conditioning system do I need? These questions are great to ask your local air conditioning company. At AC Today, we have experience installing air conditioning systems for mobile homes. Unlike standard residential homes, the air conditioning system for mobile homes are not the same. The air conditioning system is specifically designed to utilize the space within your mobile home. The larger the home, the larger unit you are able to have. However, if you have a smaller mobile home, you will need to adapt to a smaller unit.
As the population grows here in Florida, so does the amount of mobile home parks. Like many homes in Florida, you are likley to find furnished homes with an air conditioning system already in place. A brick an mortar home will have a system around the 3-5 ton range due to larger square footage. Our technicians will measure the exact size that is needed for the amount of space you have. There are also a few factors that contribute to the unit you may need. Our technician will assess the direction your home faces, the number of windows and visually see if you are in a shaded area. These factors may seem small for an untrained individual, but it is essential in deciding the size of the air conditioning system you need.
Many people seem to think that they could install a window unit to cool down the mobile home, this is not really recommended. Since mobile homes are longer than they are wide, a typical single wide home makes it harder to cool. You would need to have multiple window units placed around the entire home to cool down every room. This could cost you more than it would to maintain a central air conditioning system.
There are two main options that can be installed in a mobile home; a split system or a package unit. Both systems perform adequately in either setting. The main difference is the package unit will work more effectively at a high static pressure for smaller duct systems. Package units also take up no interior space in the home and we all could use more closet space, couldn't we. Here are a couple descriptions for both types of air conditioning systems used in mobile homes.
"Package" HVAC System
A packaged HVAC system offers both cooling and heating performance, all from one unit. This type of system is primarily used within mobile or manufactured homes. Since there is virtually no room for ductwork or an air handler inside the home, the package unit is normally installed outside on top of the flat roof or on the ground. When you have a package unit, it is very important to have a professional air conditioning company to install or maintain the unit. If it is not installed properly, you may face serious issues in the future. That is why it is important to let AC Today handle your air conditioning system needs.
The word "Split" means that the system is divided into two main components; the indoor and outdoor system. The outdoor system is often referred to as the condenser or condensing unit. The indoor system is known as the furnace or air handler. The process is quite simple. The outdoor unit condenses/cools the refrigerant and then sends the refrigerant to the indoor unit. The evaporator coil then removes the heat from the air, resulting in the cool air that is being circulated throughout your home. Split systems are more beneficial for cooling down larger homes with a grater amount of ducts. For your mobile home, you want to ensure that you are not purchasing a larger unit than you need. This will only cause complications, such as a higher utility bill and improper dehumidification.
Like any type of air conditioning system, you are still recommended to follow all maintenance regulations. The size of your air conditioning system does not matter. Your system may have a smaller filter or smaller components, but you should still have a routine maintenance inspection. Remember, maintenance is good to prevent any unnecessary malfunctions that may happen. It is our job to ensure your air conditioning system is functioning properly. We would love for you to enjoy the cool air and comfort in your own home. For more information on our air conditioning systems for mobile homes, contact our office today.
There are many things to think about when purchasing a new HVAC system. How do I maintain it? Who do I call to install it? What size will suit my home comfortably? All of these are great questions. Here at AC Today, our HVAC contractor is always on hand to answer all of your questions. We want you to know that if you have recently purchased an HVAC system, there are a few important factors you should know regarding your warranty. A warranty is a contract that provides assurance in the event something were to happen to the product, the manufacturer or business will cover all repair costs. These warranties offer great options if you have followed the rules that are required within the warranty regulations. Being able to fall back on a warranty gives you and your family a peace of mind.
With several types of warranties that are offered with air conditioning products, it is important to know the basics of what is recommended. Even though all warranties are different in their own way, here are a few basic regulations you must abide by to uphold the warranty.
- Hire Professional Installers As simple as this sounds, it is a very important factor. Since this large complex system requires experience, the warranty company almost always requires a professional company to install the HVAC system. It is also important that your AC company is licensed, insured and bonded. If the company you are about to hire is not licensed, insured or bonded, you may have inexperienced laborers installing your system. That is never a good idea.
- Register Your System Whenever you receive a warranty for an item, it is important to register it, with the manufacturer. If there was ever a recall or default with the product you have, you will be notified. You are able to register the warranty online or by mail. The information will be given to you by the installation technician. Also, our HVAC contractor will provide you with all the information you will need to register the warranty. If you have purchased a home that has a transferable warranty, you must ask the seller how to transfer the warranty into your name. This is usually a simple process.
- Maintain your System One of the fastest ways to void a HVAC warranty is to neglect your system. The biggest factor of any warranty is to provide the required maintenance that is needed. Most HVAC warranties require you a certain time frame to have your maintenance checks completed by. If you fail to do so, you could void your warranty instantly. Our contractor will advise you of this time frame. We advise you to only let a professional inspect, maintain, replace or replace your air conditioning system.
- Using Authorized parts As minor as this sounds, this is an important factor when talking about warranties. Just like your vehicle, it is never a good idea to use "after market" products, this would void the warranty. It is the same for you HVAC system. The warranty company will not honor unauthorized replacement parts for your system.
- Keep your Records The best way to understand your warranty is to read the policy. Educate yourself as to what the warranty covers and what it does not. This way there will be no surprises if you void your HVAC warranty. It is also important to keep all of your receipts. If you purchase parts for your HVAC system, keep them all together for your records. That way, if you need to review your purchase, you have them at your fingertips.
Knowing what is required to keep your warranty in good standing is very important. You would not want to accidentally void your HVAC warranty because of something that could have been avoided. These few basic rules are only a small portion of the regulations that must be followed. However, we feel these few factors are the most important to discuss with our customers. If you have any questions regarding your HVAC warranty, feel free to contact us today.